April 8, 2019

Screen Time: Week of April 8

From Anna Moot-Levin and Laura Green's "The Providers," which airs April 8 on "Independent Lens. Courtesy of Adria Malcolm

Screen Time is your curated weekly guide to excellent documentaries and nonfiction programs that you can watch at home.


The Providers, from Anna Moot-Levin and Laura Green, follows three healthcare professionals in northern New Mexico as they struggle to reach those who would otherwise be left out of the American healthcare system. Amid a physician shortage and an opioid epidemic in rural America, these physicians strive to make a difference in providing optimal care for marginalized patients. The Providers premieres April 8 on Independent Lens.

Reconstruction: America after the Civil War, a new series on PBS, examines the chapter in American history that immediately followed the Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction and revolutionary social change. The series focuses on the extraordinary progress African-Americans made as leaders and citizens from 1865-1875, then on  the horrible backlash they suffered from White America that ushered in the Jim Crow Era. Reconstruction premieres Tuesdays, April 9 and 16. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Dyllan McGee are executive producers. Julia Marchesi is the series producer and director. Rob Rapley, Stacey Holman and Cyndee Readdean are producer/directors.

The Gleaners and I, one the late Agnes Varda’s greatest documentaries, is streaming on DAFilms.com. The 1999 film takes a journey into the lives of the poor and enterprising--the gleaners, who discover true beauty amidst the rural and urban detritus around them, and who manifest themselves to the ever-curious and empathetic Varda as a tribe of soulmates

Streaming this month on Hulu, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, uncovers a trove of family secrets, myths and memories--and in the process, rethinks the personal documentary genre.